One Butterfly Thing: U. of IL Takes Lead Role in Nationwide Effort to Conserve Monarchs

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The monarch butterfly has lost 80% of its population due to habitat loss and climate change, as we have reported here.  The University of Illinois, Chicago will now take the lead nationwide on efforts to conserve them.  The University’s Energy Resources Center will administer an agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and dozens of energy and transportation-related organizations to encourage them to adopt conservation measures.  They will work to increase monarch habitat, such as milkweed plants, on as much as 26 million acres of land in the U.S.  We hope it works!

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